Reynard

Reynard

[rey-nahrd, -nerd, ren-erd]
noun
a name given to the fox, originally in the medieval beast epic Reynard the Fox.
Also, Renard.
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Reynard (ˈrɛnəd, ˈrɛnɑːd, ˈreɪnəd, ˈreɪnɑːd)
 
n
a name for a fox, used in medieval tales, fables, etc
 
[from earlier Renard, Renart, hero of the French bestiary Roman de Renart: ultimately from the Old High German name Reginhart, literally: strong in counsel]

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reynard
quasi-proper name for a fox, c.1300, from O.Fr. Renart, name of the fox in Roman de Renart, from O.H.G. personal name Reginhart, lit. "counsel-brave." The first element is related to reckon, the second to hard.
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